New Year’s Eve is a highlight in the calendar for many people, but it can also be a very dangerous time of year. Statistically, accidents are more common during the festive period and the last thing you want is to be ushering in the New Year from a hospital bed following a slip, trip or fall. Here are some of the most common accidents whilst celebrating New Year and how to avoid them.
The most common accidents whilst celebrating the New Year
One of the main causes of accidents, such as slips and trips, at New Year, is alcohol. Many people like to enjoy a few drinks to toast the New Year and celebrate the year that has passed, but drinking alcohol affects your judgement, coordination and balance and drinking excessively is likely to increase your risk of being in a public place accident significantly. Falls are particularly common accidents whilst celebrating New Year; if you are heading out, make sure you wear suitable footwear and avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on your phone when you are walking.
Road traffic accidents are also more common at New Year, especially those related to drink driving. If you are heading out to the local pub or you’re off to a house party or a club in town, make sure that you arrange a lift back well in advance, as taxi services tend to be very busy and public transport may not run late into the night. Never drink and drive; even a couple of drinks can put you over the limit and increase your risk of being involved in a collision on the roads.
Can I claim compensation for an accident?
If you’ve been injured in a New Year accident and you were not to blame, you may be eligible for public place accident compensation. You must be able to prove that you were not at fault in any way and the incident must have occurred within the last 3 years. Examples of personal injury claims may include slipping on a wet floor which wasn’t clearly marked, falling on a manhole on a road which wasn’t flagged or being injured in a road accident as a result of negligence on the part of the other driver.
If you would like to find out more about no win, no fee* compensation, why not visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website and take the simple 30-second eligibility test or call 0800 680 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to talk through your case with an advisor?
Date Published: December 3, 2015
Author: David Brown